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15 May 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – Almost 12,000 Rohingya refugees have now been moved to safer ground by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, as storms continue to lash southern Bangladesh, damaging tarpaulin shelters and raising the risk of landslides on the steep sandy slopes of the refugee settlements. IOM is racing to support the ongoing relocation of 24,000 people recognized as being highest risk.

15 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 15 May 2018 – “From the Central African Republic to South Sudan, and from Syria to Afghanistan, attacks on children in conflict have continued unabated during the first four months of the year.

"With little remorse and even less accountability, parties to conflict continue to blatantly disregard one of the most basic rules in war: the protection of children.

14 May 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

Millions at risk from heavy rains and winds

DHAKA, Bangladesh—In response to the start of Bangladesh’s monsoon season and the first heavy rains, the global organization Mercy Corps is helping Rohingya people from Myanmar and Bangladeshis in host communities in Cox’s Bazar access clean water and reinforce their shelters against mudslides and flooding.

13 May 2018 description

On 13 April, UNHCR and Bangladesh signed a MoU, which provides the framework for voluntary, safe, and dignified returns of refugees once conditions in Myanmar are conducive. UNHCR does not believe that current conditions in Rakhine State are currently conducive to returns.

More than 2000 families have been relocated for their safety due to risk of landslide or flooding, and relocations of new arrivals from the UNHCR Transit Centre moving to the main Kutupalong settlement.

11 May 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • From 8 November 2017, a total 6 860 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported. Cases continue to be reported amongst children aged 5-14 years.

  • About 985 000 people are being targeted in the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) campaign that commenced on 6 May 2018 including 135 000 from the host community. Over 464 000 people have been vaccinated by day four.

10 May 2018 description

Like all areas in the Kutupalong-Balukhali megacamp, in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh, Camp 17 is marked by frayed, coloured flags tied to makeshift bamboo and tarpaulin shelters.

But what makes it distinct from other areas in one of the world’s most densely-populated refugee camps is that much of it is still unpopulated.

It is one of the newly created expansion areas to house both new Rohingya refugees who are continuing to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state and those being relocated from other areas of the camp.

10 May 2018 description
report BRAC

HIGHLIGHTS

One hour of rainfall during a mild storm on the first of May damaged over one hundred shelters and created large pools of stagnant water throughout the camps.

Weather warnings from Bangladesh Meteorological Department and the University of Columbia predict increased rainfall for Friday May 4. Storms have been continually battering the rest of the country for the last fortnight.

09 May 2018 description

Highlights

  • Phase II of WFP’s emergency response is underway. WFP urgently requires USD 198 million for a sustained response to meet the needs of the Rohingya refugees through the rest of the year.

  • WFP is scaling-up preparedness activities including camp expansion, site maintenance such as clearing drainage channels, and prepositioning of food to mitigate the impacts of the upcoming monsoon season.

Situation Update

08 May 2018 description
  • The monsoon season has already hit the refugee camps of Bangladesh. On 4 May, first rain falls led to water logging in Camp 7 and Camp 17 of Kutupalong camp. There were two landslides in Camp 6 and Camp 1E affecting 20 households, displacing 11 of them. In a separate incident, a landslide due to earth work for land preparation led to the death of an 11 year old child and injured two others after they became buried under large volume of sand/earth while collecting firewood.
08 May 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – Humanitarian agencies working in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps today marked the completion of the first new plot of land prepared to relocate families most at risk of landslides during the upcoming monsoon season.

The work is part of a major joint initiative involving IOM, UNHCR and WFP. It has involved dozens of earthmoving machines and a workforce of over 3,500 labourers, including both Rohingya refugees and members of the host community, to prepare the land so that families can move to safer ground.

08 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • During the reporting period, moderate rain and strong winds started affecting the land and the walkways in the camps; making them muddy and therefore risky for people to move around. Several temporary learning centres were damaged but quickly repaired to allow for continued learning.

  • From 6-13 May, the second round of Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) campaign will take place, targeting nearly one million people above one year of age from both refugee and host communities. Some 259 teams are deployed to support the campaign.